One Conversation Begat Another: Howard Rheingold and Henry Jenkins

Over the last two installments, I’ve shared a short exchange between myself, Mimi Ito, and danah boyd, the three authors of the newly released book, Participatory Culture in a Networked Era. Today, I want to share the video of an interview I did with Howard Rheingold about the book. The video was originally circulated via the Digital Media and Learning blog, but I thought there would be people here who had not seen it.

Howard and I have been engaging with each others work for more than two decades. You can read the interview I did with Howard about his own most recent book, Net Smart: How to Thrive Online here, here, and here. Appropriately, Howard sent me his response to these questions on the very day that Mimi, danah, and I had sat down to conduct the exchange that became the foundation for the new book, so these interactions are completely stitched together in my mind.

Howard is an incredibly generous person, not to mention a generative thinker, who has been responsible for getting people thinking about such topics as virtual communities, smart mobs, and net smarts, through the years.

Henry Jenkins on Participatory Media in a Networked Era, Part 1 from Connected Learning Alliance on Vimeo.

Henry Jenkins on Participatory Media in a Networked Era, Part 2 from Connected Learning Alliance on Vimeo.

Now, that’s the end of the free stuff around the book I am sharing on this blog. Go and order a copy, and let us know what you think.


  1. Mira Celemin says:

    Dear Mr. Jenkins,

    Forgive the intrusion, I do not know where else to contact you. My name is Mira from the Philippines. And I’ve been recently assigned one of your books (Convergence Culture) as part of my graduate studies’ book review. And I just want you to know that I’ve never enjoyed an academic book as much as yours. Having read the Chapter on The Matrix made me understand the gravity of the beast in terms of storytelling or I should say Transmedia Storytelling. I also couldn’t explain how it is a delight to read the chapter on Star Wars and Harry Potter. You completely nailed everything on its participatory culture.

    I’m really happy to stumble upon your blog recently. I started questioning my plans for my graduate studies, and the idea of being an aca-fan appealed to me. I am a science fiction/fantasy fan as well and i’d like to think that there’s so much as to being a fan that I could offer, that it could actually crossover to the academia.

    Thank you for being an inspiration Mr. Jenkins, I think I’ll go and backread some of your posts.